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The NBA poser - what price to play in China's court?

Chinese national pride, backed with money, will have to be factored in. But China needs to beware of overkill

When Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted support for anti-government protests in Hong Kong, he may have thought it a harmless gesture, not something that would spark a new firestorm in US-China ties, infuriate many of the National Basketball Association's (NBA) 500 million fans in China, and put in jeopardy billions in revenues.

He has since deleted his tweet: "Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong" and expressed regrets: "I did not intend ... to cause any offence to Rockets fans and friends of mine in China."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 15, 2019, with the headline 'The NBA poser - what price to play in China's court?'. Print Edition | Subscribe